earlier this week i visited rock island state park with friends.
we picked up snacks at the town market before heading down the road.
although it's technically fall, the days here are holding on to the last bit of summer.
we walked through the river and climbed up waterfalls searching for a place to enjoy
the sun and water. we caught up while sitting on the cliffs and watched the rushing water
below our feet. we lost the fight to mosquitoes but enjoyed one of the last few summer sunsets.


happy fall everyone!

the weather here in nashville was glorious today, perfect for the start of the season.
i sipped on iced pumpkin coffee, threw on my favorite plaid shirt and spent the day outdoors.
this is one of my favorite times of the year. the cooler weather, changing colors and cozy clothing
are just a few reasons why i'd pick autumn over any other season. not to mention all of the fun it brings.

my fall bucketlist //

+ go on a hayride
+ go apple picking
+ eat a caramel apple
+ collect giant pinecones
+ drink a few pumpkin ales
+ take a foggy morning walk
+ crunch leaves under my feet
+ purchase a cinnamon candle
+ wander through a cornmaze
+ make s'mores over a bonfire
+ enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte
+ have a scary movie marathon
+ purchase a few cozy cardigans
+ pick a pumpkin from a pumpkin patch

what are you looking forward to this season?


01 // "wait" - m83
02 // "nude" - radiohead
03 // "holocene" - bon iver
04 // "the scientist" - coldplay
05 // "resolution" - matt corby
06 // "the winner is" - devotchka
07 // "heartbeats" - jose gonzalez
08 // "burgh island" - ben howard
09 // "arrivals n.2" - dustin o'halloran
10 // "your hand in mine" - explosions in the sky

i'm in an awfully sentimental mood. today is my last day in the mountain state.
eighty five days here in triadelphia, west virginia. with a few side trips in between.
tomorrow i am flying home. it will be tough to spend a few weeks away from carter
but we will reunite for a beach getaway in one of our favorite places. i'm so excited to
spend some time at home. seeing sweet friends, a sigur ros concert, the color run and my
favorite nashville spots. but while i am in the air, here is what will be playing. hope you enjoy!


on labor day, we woke up early to spend the day in the woods.
we researched areas near marietta, ohio and found hocking hills nearby.
i knew we had to go after seeing photos on pinterest months ago and after
a few friends suggested it. as we drove down the highway we were surrounded
by fog. we pulled up to the park around ten and were surprised by how crowded
it seemed. we hiked down to old man's cave and were blown away by its' beauty.
we also hiked grandma gatewood's trail which was named after the first woman to
hike the entire appalachian trail and at the age of sixty-seven [!!!] we visited the falls
but a dry season had left them pretty wimpy. we walked until we could barely feel our
feet and got caught in a thunderstorm on the way back to the car. this park is a great day
trip for families or for outdoor lovers like us. make sure you arrive early, this place fills up fast!


this weekend we decided to head back to ohiopyle for our sunday hike.
we grabbed blueberry muffins for breakfast and a few cliff bars for the trail.
the weather was perfect. the sun barely peeking through the overcast skies and
the temperature at a comfortable seventy degrees. we decided to hike the ferncliff natural 
area that loops around the 100 acre peninsula and is surrounded by the youghiogheny river.
the trail offers great views of the falls and plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery.


over the weekend we took a little road trip to marietta, ohio to celebrate labor day.
we stayed at the historic lafayette hotel overlooking the ohio river and watched the
sun set from the rooftop. we stopped by a few of our favorite spots mbc and the galley
for dinner and drinks. explored some of wayne national forest. walked across the river to
visit harmar village and all over the rest of this cozy town until we could barely feel our toes.


on the side of the road is a wooden staircase leading down to the river.
at the bottom lies white caps on rushing waters. it flows as far as the eye
can see. over the years, a natural waterslide has formed due to erosion. we
sat on the rocks with our feet hanging over the side. watching the few who
braved the water. we walked along the banks and cooled off in the shade.

god made a whole beautiful earth and decided to put you in it,
to experience all of this beauty. you can't do that watching television all the time.

 -  donald miller